Last evening when I arrived home, I fairly oozed into my seat at the dinner table. Completely exhausted for no seeming reason. Winters in Michigan can be trying. Due to the ever present cloud cover, the days seem even shorter than they really are, and it's quite cold.
After dinner, my 16 month old daughter waddled up to me and tugged on my pant leg. When I looked down, she raised her arms and said "Up". Never one to disobey a direct order, I complied. Once she was sitting securely on my hip, she had another demand. She turned to the room and said "Bye Bye". It was perfectly clear what she wanted. She wanted to go for a walk. It was cold and dark, and I was feeling sorry for myself...so I distracted her in hopes that she would forget this walk business.
My plan seemed to be working, until we stopped actively playing. She disappeared for a few moments, then reappeared with her boots. She dropped them at my feet and declared "Bye Bye"! So we took our very cold, dark walk. About halfway through, she stopped walking, and stared up at the sky. It was the first time she had really taken notice of the moon, so it turns out that the cold and dark walk was well worth the trouble.
Knowing what you want is the first step to getting what you want. As luck would have it, I had an opportunity to apply the lesson learned last night. After interviewing with a potential employer, the employer declined to offer me the position. There was another opening, though, about which the employer inquired if I had any interest. In light of my recent lesson, I opted to steer clear of the diversion and remain focused on my goals instead.